Sion Eifion Jones joins the management team at Nantlle Vale/CPD Dyffryn Nantlle

New management team Daniel Bell (left) and Sion Eifion Jones. Picture: Nantlle Vale FC/CPD Dyffryn Nantlle

Nantlle Vale/CPD Dyffryn Nantlle has made an impressive addition to its management team.

Former Porthmadog boss Sion Eifion Jones has joined current chief Daniel Bell at Maes Dulyn.

Vale competed in Welsh Alliance Division One in 2019-20 and await news on where they will play next season.

There is certainly plenty of ambition at the Penygroes club and new man Jones shares their vision.

“I’m both delighted and excited to join this fantastic club,” he said.

“The club has developed a lot on and off the pitch over the past couple of years and Dan and his staff have set a solid foundation of which to build upon.

“There is a clear vision to push the club further and I look forward to leading the club during these exciting times with Dan.

“Planning is well underway for the new season in what is going to be a very competitive new tier 3 league.”

Joint-manager Bell added: “Very excited to have Sion come in as joint manager. He has new ideas and strengths that will fit our way of working as a team.

“I have known Sion well for years. I’ve seen the excellent sessions he puts on and tactically what he brings to the table following a previous role with Porthmadog under 18s when Sion was manager. Exciting times ahead in the new league.”

Jones made a major impact when he led Porthmadog Reserves during 2018-19.

The team won the Welsh Alliance League Reserves Division by 11 points, going unbeaten through all 26 games, winning 24, drawing two and amassing 126 goals.

They also landed the Reserves Division Lock Stock Fireworks Challenge Cup, defeating Colwyn Bay 2-1 in the final.

Jones did such a fine job, he replaced the departing Craig Papirnyk as Port first team manager at the start of this season.

Unfortunately things did not go quite as well in the tier-two Cymru North and he stepped down in November 2019.

A current B licence holder, Sion was also involved in running teams while at Manchester University.

He had a two-year internship with Manchester City U18’s and most recently was assistant manager with Llanrug United for the second half of the 2019/20 season after leaving Port.

Two young, enterprising managers at the helm – thrilling times at Nantlle Vale!

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